Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce
This homemade marinara sauce is so easy and delicious, you’ll never go back to the store-bought stuff again!
Marinara sauce is one of the easiest things you can make in your kitchen. You only need about 25 minutes and a few ingredients which are probably already sitting in your pantry. I’m going to let you in on a little secret right now. If you want to be a better cook and give your dishes more flavor, homemade marinara sauce is the way to go. Use it on pizza, pasta, lasagna, in a calzone or as a dipping sauce for e.g. these healthy crispy fries. It’s incredibly versatile, so having a trusty recipe will get you far in the kitchen.
Let me start by say, this marinara sauce is not a traditional version, it’s rather a ‘oh no it’s already 5pm and I need to quickly whip up something for dinner‘ version. That scenario happens all too often and so I have a list of ’emergency recipes’ that I save for evenings as such. One of them being naan pizzas with this quick marinara sauce. It’s literally just naan bread, marinara sauce, some veggies and cheese (and maybe some garlic slices, if nobody else is home ;)) It’s a super quick and easy meal, that never gets boring.
A traditional marinara sauce is made with fresh tomatoes. To save time, I used tomato puree (the kind that comes in a tetra pak or glass bottle). Don’t get it confused with canned tomatoes, that’s something different. You want the thick and smooth kind of pureed tomatoes. These will give you a flavourful sauce. Because tomatoes are very acidic, it is necessary to cook the sauce for at least 20 minutes. During this time the acid is broken down and the tomatoes release a natural sweet flavor.
Keeping in the tradition of using Italian herbs I added oregano and basil to the marinara sauce and spiced it up with a healthy dose of black pepper and of course some salt. If you have fresh herbs on hand, definitely use them. You may need to use a bit more than the recipe calls for because fresh herbs are usually less intense than dried. I prefer my marinara sauce sweet, so I added 2 teaspoons of sugar to mine. That’s quite a lot for only 2 cups of sauce, so feel free to use less. Do not cut the sugar out entirely though because it balances the acid from the tomatoes.
Oh, but I haven’t gotten to the best part of this recipe yet! This is a great make ahead and also freezer friendly recipe. Feel free to double this recipe and use it for various dishes. It will keep quite long in the fridge, for about 1 week, or you can freeze it for up to 6 months. This way you always have homemade marinara sauce on hand.Print
a delicious and flavourful marinara sauce which comes together in below 30 minutes
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 500g tomato puree (2 cups)
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1/4–1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1–2 teaspoons of sugar
- Chop the onion into fine pieces and crush the garlic cloves.
- In a medium sauce pan, heat the olive oil. Sauté the onions and garlic until soft for about 3-4 minutes.
- Add in the tomato puree and all of the spices. Cook on medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- If using as a filling or pizza topping, let it cool slightly before adding it to your dish.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about 1 week, or freeze up to 6 months.
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